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The global private equity firm Warburg Pincus, announced that India based Bharti Airtel will acquire 20% equity stake in its DTH arm Bharti Telemedia for approximately USD 426 million. The proposed deal helps Airtel to gain full control and ownership over Bharti Telemedia.

  • The proposed transaction is part of Airtel’s strategy to align the shareholding of its customer facing products, services and businesses under the same holding group.
  • A full control and ownership over Bharti Telemedia allows Airtel to offer differentiated and converged solutions to customers so as to promote “One Home” strategy.
  • New York, based Warburg Pincus is focused on growth investing.

The prominent partnerships and deals by Bharti Airtel are featured below:

July 2020: The communications company OneWeb, has entered into an agreement with a consortium led by HMG (through the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy) and India based Bharti Global Limited for the acquisition of the OneWeb business.

July 2020: The leading private equity firm Carlyle Group announced that its affiliated entity Comfort Investments II will invest $235 million in Nxtra Data Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bharti Airtel, engaged in the data centre business.

May 2020: Bharti Airtel announced that it has acquired a strategic stake in Voicezen, an early stage startup focused on conversational AI technologies. The deal helps Airtel to have preferred access to Voicezen’s technologies, which can be deployed across its customer touch points in multiple languages.

May 2020: Bharti Airtel has selected IBM and Red Hat to build its new telco network cloud, designed to make it more efficient, flexible and future-ready to support core operations and enable new digital services. Under the agreement, Airtel will build its next generation core network, analytical tools and new consumer and enterprise services on top of this cloud platform based on open standards.

January 2020: Bharti Airtel, India’s largest integrated telecommunications services provider, and Google Cloud announced a partnership to serve the evolving needs of millions of Indian businesses in a rapidly digitizing economy.

About Airtel
Bharti Airtel Limited, headquartered in Delhi, India, is a global telecommunications company. The company ranks amongst the top 3 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers. The company has operations in more than 18 countries across the globe. In India, the company’s product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services, mobile commerce, fixed line services, high speed home broadband, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers.

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